Styrene Signs

Styrene is a low-cost material with incredible versatility. It’s a relatively durable product when used outside, and when used inside with consistent attention and care, these signs can last up to five years. You’ve likely seen it in use as real estate signs, menu boards in restaurants, or as advertising boards. Styrene isn’t just limited to those options, though. Wherever you could use a light material for a sign or poster, this product will work perfectly.

What is Polystyrene?

This plastic material is a liquid hydrocarbon derived from benzene, and is manufactured in a certain way that makes it incredibly flexible. It can be rolled up and stored easily, making it an excellent option if you want to print out poster boards for your home. It can also be used for restaurant signs and many other interior applications. It’s also waterproof, unlike foam boards or wooden signs, which means it can also be used outside.

Best Printed Signs offers styrene perfectly suited for this kind of signage. It’s thickness is just enough to be light and sturdy, while not too thick to where you couldn’t easily roll up the sign.

Benefits of Styrene

This material has a great many benefits because of its flexible yet durable nature. The incredible flexibility of these boards means it can be easily rolled up and stored. If you print out seasonal advertisements, it’ll be easy to store them until the next year comes around. It’s also very easy to pack up and ship because of this quality. The quality is also perfect for any signs that aren’t meant to be permanently outside.

These sign boards are double-sided. Both sides have either a semi-matte, glossy, or matte finish to them. This makes signs made from this material easy to print onto. Both sides are also smooth to the touch. This makes them perfect for printing a highly detailed design, and it won’t be ruined by any bumps on the surface.

Due to the waterproof nature of these signs, it can also be used outside. Use them for your open house signs or make a banner for your kid’s soccer team and hang it up on the fence for their game.

Styrene is also easily cut to any shape and modified. If you need a sign with a contour cut, this is the perfect material.

It is also low-cost, meaning you won’t break the bank getting it. Aluminum signs, while very durable, are way more expensive and heavier and more difficult to move around. Rigid signs are nice once they’re in your front yard, but styrene is much less of a headache to relocate.


Because of its versatility and transportability, you’ve likely seen it all over. Some of its common uses are:

  • Trade show displays: it can easily be transported into and out of the event directly after it finishes. It’s perfect for indoor and outdoor trade show displays.
  • Indoor directional posts: it makes sense that these signs would be used as a way to show people around an event or give them directions around a building. Print out directions onto one of these signs and either hang them up or use a hard plastic sheet to support it. 
  • Outdoor directional posts: put these outdoor signs up and direct people towards your event. 
  • Posters: Easily rolled up and transported, it makes sense that these signs are used as posters. This is especially true if the poster is something important that you want to last.

How does Styrene Compare to Other Materials?

Styrene has a lot of competition when it comes to sign boards. Coroplast, both 3mm and 6mm PVC board, aluminum, foam, and more are all competitors to it. While certain materials have advantages over styrene, its unique qualities give it an edge over a lot of other sign boards.

It’s ability to flex and roll up is something very few other sign boards have. While it isn’t the most durable when placed outside for extended periods of time, this is mitigated by the ease in which you can put up and take down this material with a retractable stand.


It’s a lot thinner than a lot of other sign boards, and because of its flexibility, it is less durable than PVC signage or coroplast.

Despite its waterproof nature and relative durability, these signs aren’t built to last outside permanently. The UV rays and heat of the sun can greatly diminish the lifespan of styrene. If left outside on a hot enough day, the plastic of the board will begin to warp and lose integrity.

There are few other drawbacks to styrene, making it one of the best materials to use.

How To Care For Styrene

The biggest drawback of this material is the damage UV rays can do to the plastic. If you want to use it for outside more than once, roll the sign up and store it when it isn’t in use. To protect the design, make sure it is facing outwards when you store it in a safe place.

If you just want to keep your board inside instead, all you need to do is dust the poster every two weeks. If it requires a deeper clean, wet a rag and wipe it off. Do not use cleaning products, as the cleaner will eat away at the plastic. 

Interested In Styrene Signs?

Whether you’re interested in posters, reusable open house signs, or you’re looking for something you can easily get in and out of trade shows, this is the perfect solution. It’s ability to roll up allows for ease of transportation. It’s two smooth, semi-matte sides are easy to print on.

Best Printed Signs has the best option for styrene boards. From contour cut signs to simple rectangles, you can use our free design tool to plan out your custom size. Alternatively, if you have your own graphic designer, you can upload the artwork directly on our website. Contact us today and begin making the custom sign you’ve always wanted.